As a refugee with a disability you have the right to a special degree of protection (“besonders schutzbedürftig”).
You are entitled to various forms of support.
First, a doctor needs to diagnose your disability. The Versorgungsamt officially recognises the disability. In order for this to happen, you need to file a request (Antrag): Versorgungsamt Hamburg, Adolph-Schönfelder-Straße 5, firstname.lastname@example.org, + 49 40 428630, www.hamburg.de/versorgungsamt/
Advice centres can advise and support you with this process. You can also find more information on the request (Antrag) here: https://www.hamburg.de/antrag-merkblaetter/83238/start
There is a differentiation between different kinds of disabilities: there are physical disabilities (for example deafness, blindness, limited mobility), intellectual disabilities and psychological disabilities. Additionally, you can differentiate by degree of disability (Grad der Behinderung). The degree tells you how many disadvantages the disabled person experiences in his or her daily life. With a degree of 50 or above, you receive a “Schwerbehindertenausweis” and thereby several advantages. For example, under certain conditions you can receive a supplement (Beiblatt) from the Versorgungsamt so that you can use public transport for free.
Ukrainians can also obtain advice from the Federal Contact Point (Bundeskontaktstelle). There, support is arranged for people with disabilities or care needs: Bundeskontaktstelle@drk.de +49 30 854 04 789, languages: Russian and German
(Tuesday to Thu from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
The following advice centres can support you:
- ZuFlucht Lebenshilfe: Stresemannstraße 163, please make an appointment: email@example.com, +49 1590 4245167 (Monday to Friday 9 am – 1 pm), website with contact form: https://zf.lhhh.de/
- Autonom Leben e.V.: Langenfelder Straße 35, please make an appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org , +49 40 334691110 (Monday and Tuesday: 10am – 6pm), http://www.autonomleben.de/
Please notify in advance if you need someone to interpret for you. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is possible that consultations will take place via video conference.